Arteta identifies key Arsenal issue; insists club followed protocols with Luiz

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta highlighted the main reason behind his side’s latest struggles, and insisted the correct protocols were followed regarding David Luiz’s head clash with Raul Jimenez.

The Gunners slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Wolves at The Emirates after a superb goal from Daniel Podence sealed all three points.

The result sees Arsenal now winless in their last three league clashes, but the game was marred by a nasty head clash between Luiz and Jimenez.

The duo collided when competing for a corner, with the Wolves striker appearing to come off worse.

Luiz was able to continue on until the break, but Jimenez was stretchered off and immediately sent to hospital.

Initially asked about the head clash, Arteta insisted his side followed the necessary protocols after David Luiz was given the green light to continue before being substituted at half-time.

He told Sky Sports: “David [Luiz] is OK. He has a nasty cut and he was conscious. He had a test and was completely fine. We were really worried for Raul Jimenez because it was really nasty.

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“When you see the reaction of the players you know something really bad is happening.

“We followed the protocol to check he [Luiz] had not lost any consciousness which he hadn’t and then some tests.

“They will continue to do some more checks on him. He was really uncomfortable and couldn’t really head the ball and couldn’t continue.”

Regarding his side’s performance, Arteta said: “It’s a really bad result. We had our moments. We had a great reaction in the second half. The team showed desire but the goal didn’t arrive.

Expanding further to the BBC, Arteta noted the simple step of being clinical in the final third is hurting his team: “They had two shots on target in the first half and scored twice. The team showed a real resilience, togetherness and belief to try to win in the second half. We generated the chances but didn’t score.

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“We need more goals to win soccer matches. We need to keep supporting the players. All players go through [tough] periods. We’re creating chances but struggling to score goals. That’s the difference between winning and losing.

“When you lose matches the confidence goes down because they believe things can happen again. You need to win after a defeat. We’ve been doing this in my time here. This is the first time since we’ve been here [that they’ve had a losing run].”

 

Willock baffled by Arsenal struggles

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Joe Willock also spoke to the press, and initially sent his well-wishes to Raul Jimenez following the Mexican’s serious-looking head injury.

“On behalf of the club and myself, we give our best regards to Raul Jimenez,” he told the BBC. “We hope he recovers well. It was a bad incident.

“David Luiz has recovered well. He looked good when I saw him in dressing room.”

Regarding Arsenal’s struggles, Willock said: “I’m not too sure. It’s not one thing we can put our finger on. We’re not flowing at the moment. We have to sort this out very quickly as a team. We need to perform better. It’s not good enough.

“It’s nothing that we can’t change. We want to bounce back from this game and continue to stick together and get back to the flow we ended last season in.

“I don’t think the incident is why the flow stopped. We’re not good enough at the moment. We need to sort it out in the group. We’re a big team and we want to compete for things.

“We have to regroup and talk about it tomorrow and bounce back asap.”

 

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